Dating antique furniture locks
(See illustrations in Mark Bridge, An Encyclopedia of Desks, 1988.) Because a desk of this style appears in a c.1856 photograph of a Western Union office, one can infer that this style was introduced by c. 1880s Roll-top Desks: The earliest illustration and use of the term "roll top desk" that we have found are on the 1880 billhead below.
1856 or, alternatively, that the photo in question is not correctly dated.. Wigfall, Chicago) (both Hagley Museum and Library). 15, 18.) Talbott's references to roll-top desks must be references to cylinder desks. Cutler, of Buffalo, NY, was awarded a patent for a desk with a flexible top that pulled up rather than down (see patent illustration immediately to right). The term "roll top desk" appears in the handwritten line.
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Desks with flat tops at the height of tables and drawers were common throughout the period since the 1840s.
Only the selvage, or top edge, of the lock is visible on the lip of the drawer or door, and nothing shows on either side.
Full-mortise locks are usually found on higher-quality 20th century pieces, although they are used in rare cases in 19th century goods.